Orange Almond Friands
Friands were a big thing when I was living in New Zealand. I vividly remember the taste of coffee walnut friands at my favourite café in Hawkes Bay where I grew up. The smell of coffee brewing, sat outside surrounded by plants (which I love) and enjoying a beautiful warm friand served with yogurt. It was utterly delightful. These Friands are a never fail recipe that I have used for years. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
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2 cups ground almonds
5 heaped tbsp honey (use a large dessert tbsp to measure)
1 tsp baking powder
5 eggs (separated)
3 tbsp water
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp orange zest
Juice of 1/2 an orange
Place oranges in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer on low heat for 1 hour.
Drain and allow oranges to cool.
Preheat the oven to 170c.
When oranges have cooled a little, remove the top where the stem would be and then roughly chop in quarters and place in the food processor (capturing all the juices in the processor). Add the honey and then process until fairly smooth. Taking a medium bowl, separate the eggs, placing the whites into the bowl and adding the 5 egg yolks into the food processor.
Blitz until creamy.
Add the almonds, baking powder and blend well.
Meanwhile, beat the 5 egg whites until fluffy and soft peaks have formed. Then fold these through the mixture.
Place spoonfuls into friand moulds (greased if not silicone moulds) or pour into a lined cake tin.
Bake at 170c for 20-25 minutes (or longer if in a cake tin), until the skewer comes out clean.
Place on a rack and allow to cool before removing from the tin.
Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Simmer on a very low heat until reduced.
Drizzle over the friands and decorate with caramelised orange segments.